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March 19, 2023

The Texas DECA association hosted its annual State Competition this week at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas.  Over 5,200 students representing 11 districts across the state competed in 50 different events. The Granbury DECA Chapter took seven students competing in four different events. Of the seven, one group and one individual made the finalist stage and will serve as alternates for the international competition. 
The Project Management Sales Project team comprised of Ayden Davila, Hayden Newton, and Fhernado Olivares competed using The Anchor Store as the primary fund raiser for our chapter. They ranked in the top 18 of the state. 
William Lillagore also made the stage as a finalist in the Financial Consulting Event. Before the competition, he had to complete a financial exam and then, at competition, present his prompt as if he was a financial consultant to a bank. William ranked in the top 20 in the state. 
Other competitors were Angelina LeNormand in Retail Merchandising Services and Gavin Logsdon in Business Finance Services. Amy Hernandez also attended as the Chapter's delegate. 
While no individual contestants are moving forward, the Granbury DECA Chapter as a whole will still be moving on to the International Career Development Competition in April in Orlando. Upon receiving the School-Based Enterprise Certification, members of The Anchor Store were invited to compete in the SBE division on the store's business model. The Chapter has also revived six coveted seats at the Thrive Academy to further strengthen the Chapter and network with other future business professionals from across the globe. 
The Granbury Chapter revitalized last year after an almost two-year hiatus. This year the chapter grew from seven competitors last year to 28 competitors and 48 members this year. The chapter has also earned several recognitions for its service projects and promotional efforts.  
The chapter is advised by Business Marketing teacher Kylee Peterson. 
photos courtesy Tammy Bodine.